Cuba was so much more than anything I’ve had expected! To be honest, a few weeks before our trip, we considered switching for Columbia. I simply did not think that there was so much to do in Cuba for 8 full days. Boy was I wrong! Not only did this trip surpass anything I could have hoped for but I actually would not mind going back and exploring other cities. Havana and Vinales have been a dream and I can’t wait for you to go through this post so you pick up some useful tips in case you plan on visiting soon. Continue reading “A guide through Havana and Vinales”
I remember it like it was yesterday. When at 19 years old, I boarded on a plane, all by myself to go to Barcelona. My semester studying abroad in Finland had just ended and I was packing my things, reminiscing on all the countries I had visited for the last 5 months. (about 7 countries to be exact). I had visited them with my roommate and sometimes with groups of students, I had went to London alone but it was only because I had a friend who lived there at the time and I would be able to stay with her as she showed me around. But this time, I was really about to do it on my own. I did not know anybody in Barcelona, I had no plans, no fixed destinations. All I knew was that, deep in my heart, it was something I needed to do. Deep inside my soul, I had a thirst for new discoveries, to see the world from a different perspective and to learn new things.
If you are young and trying to figure out the meaning of this burning desire inside of you to jump on a plane and discover new things, here is a little motivation to start traveling!
You can start small
You do not need to start by booking a one way ticket to Alaska. It is OK to start with small steps: A one week trip somewhere close to you or somewhere with a relatively similar culture to yours. Some people like to start big and that is OK too but you do not need to fall under the pressure that it needs to be grand in order to be meaningful.
Do not be afraid to start alone
If traveling is something you really want to do, you do not need to wait for anybody’s approval to do so. Stop waiting for friends to make up their mind or for your environment to understand why you want to do it. At 19 years old, when I said I wanted to go to Barcelona all by myself, many people, including my parents did not fully understand. It sounded scary and even a little crazy but I did not let that stop me from doing what I knew in my heart to be right. If the people you wanted to go with keep changing their minds, if they do not seem to want to save up the money, then leave. Remember that it is YOUR journey and your personal growth. Stop waiting for people to validate your choices.
If others can do it, you can do it
Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. It can be scary to start your travel journey. I remember being so confident, but then, sitting on the plane thinking “What was I thinking” but my travels have shaped me into the person I am today and I have never had one single regret. Many people start traveling really young. I remember meeting this 18 year old German girl who decided to take a leap year after high school to serve in different countries and learn more about herself before starting college. All it takes is a little courage to go against the norm and do what feels right. Life is nothing but a daring adventure and you’ll never know until you try.
Do not wait till you have “Everything figured out”
Waiting for the perfect timing? Good luck with that. Truth is, the more you wait, the less likely you will be to actually book that ticket and leave. So what you just work part-time at a little restaurant? So what you do not feel 100% confident? Dare to take the first steps while your legs are shacking. It is all about finding the courage to step out of your comfort zone and LIVE.
Make it a priority
It is all about priorities and if you truly want to travel, you can make it happen! Start saving up for your adventure. Find ways to put a % of your pay-check on the side, create a travel box where you put your change, open a savings account, stop eating out every day, sell things you do not need. There are so many ways to save money for your trip!
If you were waiting for a sign, this is it! Traveling is something that you spend money on and that can only make you richer. Do not wait for a steady job, for retirement, to for whatever else you use as an excuse. The moment you were waiting for, is NOW.
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A Travel Lover
Hello travel lovers!
This post is long overdue! As you know, I came back from Vietnam 2 months ago and it was one of the best trips of my life! I really want to take the time to write this post to encourage you to visit Vietnam if ever you plan on traveling south east Asia any time soon. Many people ask ‘Why Vietnam’. It seems like some people do not see Vietnam as a place tourists should visit but I can assure you that Vietnam is a must on your list. And if you are hesitant, here are 5 simple reasons why you should visit vietnam:
- The diversity
Vietnam has so much to offer! My boyfriend and I traveled from South to North and trust me, no city looked the same. From the South where we had beaches, through the dunes in Mui Ne, to the mountains of the North, Vietnam is the land of diversity. If you are planning on backpacking, you will not be disappointed because there is just so much to see. So open your mind and get ready to be amazed.
2. The food
Can we puh-lizzzz talk about the street food? Street food has always had a soft spot in my heart especially in Asia. In Vietnam, it is important to look for the small, discrete places. From my experience, I can tell you that they are the best. Vietnamese eat a lot of rice, grilled meat, soup, fried noodles and smoothies. Yum! Plus, you will barely gain any weight because the food is so light! So if you are a foodie on a budget, Vietnam is the place for you!
3. The prices
That wonderful feeling when you are finally a millionaire ! haha. Life in Vietnam is super cheap. Especially when you convert US dollars. You can get a full meals for about $1 to $2, full days of activities for about $6, 12 hours transportation from one city to another for $20, rooms for $6 a night… It doesn’t get any better than this! So if you plan on traveling to Vietnam but are worried about the costs, just know that it will only really costs you money to get there but once you arrive, you won’t need to spend a lot of money to have fun and taste good food!
4. The tailor made clothes
Hoi An, in Vietnam is tailor made clothes paradise! Many travellers go there, give their measurements, go visit another city and come back to get their clothes. Not only are they very professional, but the clothes are cheap, high quality and ready on time! my boyfriend got multiple suits done and I got some outfits and sandals done! If you are traveling in Vietnam, I highly recommend planning a stop in Hoi An.You surely wont regret it.
5. It is a great way to meet backpackers
Many backpackers love traveling through southeast Asia. In Vietnam, you will meet many travelers. It is a great way to bond with people who share the same passion as you. Don’t be afraid to change your plans based on their suggestions. It is always good to be flexible and see where the road leads you.
Hopefully this was enough to convince you. I hope to see your pictures from Vietnam soon
A travel lover
Vietnam has so much to offer in terms of adventures. There is always something to discover, a place to go, something to try. During our first stop in Saigon, we have been able to do so much! Our day trip at Mekong river is one of our adventures. Here is how we had a full day of fun for just $6 ! Continue reading “A full day of adventure at MeKong River in Vietnam for $6 !”
Saigon in Vietnam, also known as Ho Chi Minh is a busy and vibrant city in the south of Vietnam. Close to the Cambodian boarder, it welcomes many tourists all year long and is famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War
Among different activities, the private motorbike tour is a great way to discover the city and have a local experience. The tour was great especially because it felt so private. I felt like 2 friends were taking us on a ride to know more about their city. It was very personal and allowed us feel like locals. Through my Instagram page, a girl who was also traveling in Asia saw that I was in Saigon. She kindly reached out to me and gave me the contact info of this guy living in the city who offered night tours. I sent him an email and negotiated for a day tour. He answered quickly and soon enough, we were set for the next day!
We got picked up at twelve by Han Phan and his colleague on 2 different motorbikes. We jumped on and it was time for the adventure to start.Han Phan explained that he works in marketing and that taking tourists around the city was his part time job.
Traveling on motorbikes was so much fun! Busy Ho chi Minh city has never seemed so vibrant. The noises, the chaos, the heat, they all combined perfectly to create the scenery we could witness so well on the back of these motorbikes.
Our first stop was the Notre Dame Cathedral next tot he post office. Our guide told us about the history, the french occupation, Ho chi Minh’s reign and answered our questions. We could not go inside the cathedral but staying outside was just good. We could see the similarities with the Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris. Inside the post office, souvenirs are quite expensive. This is due to the fact that it is a touristic site. I advise not to shop there but simply walk around and listen to the guide’s explanations.
Next stop was a pagoda where we learned about the local’s traditions and beliefs.
Then we were dropped at a flower shop street. Many shops were next to each other and we could see different types of flowers. Of course I had to snap a picture of my favorites
They then drove us to the China Town where we had some good tea in the streets and visited a local shop. Tea was naturally sweetened with honey and made my stomach, who was a little upset in the morning, feel much better.
Then it was time for some lunch. It was hard to decide what we wanted. But a friend of mine told me that I absolutely needed to try the Pho Vietnamese Noodle soup. Our drivers took us to a small local place and it was simply perfect! Only locals were sitting eating their soup, which is a proof that the place is authentic, good and cheap! The soup was delicious! It was my first time having it and I am glad this first was with the real deal.
We then stopped on the sidewalk for dumplings. The place was just opening as we arrived so dumplings were fresh! I am not a crazy dumpling fan so about 3-4 were enough for me.
After a 20 minute ride to an area where we saw the city council, some fancy shops and restaurants. We ended the tour and got dropped of at the hotel.
If you are in Saigon or planing on going to Saigon, contact Han Phan (on the right) for a great experience: firstname.lastname@example.org
He is professional, with a good dose of laidback and freindly. I
The tour lasts about 3-4 hours and you won’t regret it. If you do, do not hesitate to share picture with me!I am available for any further information.
A Travel Lover
Hello travel lovers!
As promised, I will share with you how I have been able to travel to Dallas, Reno, Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, Washington and New York for absolutely free!
So before I let you know the big secret
I want to remind you that , just as any other thing in life, traveling can become way easier once you make it a priority. When you truly love something , you are willing to do the effort it takes to make it work.
So here it is. I had been selected for an entrepreneur exchange program for the months of October through mid-November. The YLAI (Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative). During this program , there were many networking and learning opportunities and the best part is that it was all paid for. That’s right. There ARE actually programs who decide to pick you to travel and meet people who can help you shape or develop your current business or business idea. And it’s actually more do-able than a college exchange program as exchange programs are not free (unless you get a scholarship or something). Continue reading “How I have been able to travel to 6 places for absolutely FREE!”
Let’s face it, it is not easy for everybody to book a ticket and jump on a plane. There are so many factors keeping people from stopping to wish their life away and just go. Fear is the number one factor. It is a lie that hides in our spirits and whispers that we will not be able to follow our dreams because we are not good enough, because our dreams are unrealistic or because it won’t work out for us. LIES THEY TELL! I see so many people wasting years talking about this new business, this new idea, this new project they are working on without ever taking action. My goal for this blog is to not only share my passion for life and traveling but to create a community of bold people who have the guts to follow their dreams with passion and drive! So, if you have been wanting to travel but never had the courage to do so, this post is for you! If you are sitting there scrolling through your feed thinking that everybody gets to travel and explore the world, this post is DEFINITELY for you.
So how can you go from wishing your life away to booking that trip in easy steps?
I looooove roadtrips! I am that girl who dreads the arrival. I will take my pillow, my snacks, my books and my phone and consider the car as my house for the whole ride. As a matter of fact, I get most inspired in cars or buses! Probably because I find time to just sit down, look at the landscapes and have some good convos with my lover while playing some Angus and Julia Stone on the radio, Clean Bandit, Coldplay or some good country music. Ahhh… This is heaven to me. Continue reading “How to plan the best roadtrip EVER”
It has already been three years since I have last visited Italy! It has always been a country I’ve been deeply in love with prior to even visiting it. Through movies and pictures, Italy has always had this vibe that had the power to charm me in the most profound ways. The people, the romance, the food, the wine…. Everything about it just makes me want to get lost in the narrow streets with a gelato in hand. No wonder it has been my honeymoon destination goals for years! I mean, where else would you want to eat your life away and make love? Seriously. During my time in Europe three years ago, I visited Venice. And while I think Italy has so much more to offer (Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, Cinq Terre….), Venice remains nonetheless a very charming city.
Yes you read that right. Last month, I has 24 hours to experience NYC before road-triping to Montreal. I stayed with 2 fashion vloggers, Shelcy and Christy, founders of NYCxClothes as they leaded me around the city, Soho and the best restaurants! Below, you can read and share this guest post by Shelcy who will take you readers on this adventure with us. Don’t forget to watch the video at the end of this post 😉